'Demotion yan': Roque says 'not interested' in PhilHealth post

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 22 2020 02:38 PM | Updated as of Jun 22 2020 03:56 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) President Ricardo Morales. File

MANILA - Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque denied Monday that he is after a post in the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) after a word war with the firm's president.

PhilHealth President Ricardo Morales last week said Roque might be interested in implementing the Universal Healthcare Law after the latter said the government might find a replacement for the chief of the state health insurance firm.

“Ang masasabi ko kay (what I can say to) Atty. Roque, be my guest. My family will be very grateful if they can find somebody, baka siya (maybe him). No problem with me,” Morales said last week.

But Roque on Monday said he is not interested in any PhilHealth post.

"Demotion po yan. I'm not interested," Roque said during a Palace press briefing.

Roque first criticized Morales last week over the latter's supposed inaction to address corruption within the agency even as he asked for additional funds for the Universal Health Care Law. 

Roque is among the principal authors of the Universal Health Care Law during his time as a sectoral lawmaker.

The Palace spokesman claimed that some P154 billion are missing in PhilHealth funds, and that there are crooks within the agency.

Morales on Monday however denied the missing funds, as well as any large-scale "syndicate" defrauding PhilHealth.